Olean Housing Authority
PO Box 438
Olean, Cattaraugus County, NY


Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Olean Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update May 22nd, 2015.

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The Olean Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and senior/disabled individuals.

This housing authority offers four apartment communities that are located in Olean.

To apply for public housing, you can visit the housing authority office to pick up an application, located at: 132 N. Union St., #118, Olean, NY 14760, Monday-Friday, during normal office hours.

Once the application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. Be sure to include copies of these documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, proof of all income, and photo IDs for all adult household members.

This housing authority does have a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list: homeless, elderly, disabled, or a victim of domestic violence.

For more information, the housing authority can be reached by calling 716-372-8262, during normal office hours.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Olean Housing Authority operates 306 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Olean Housing Authority public housing units range from studio apartments to 4 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 4% studio apartments, 44% 1 bedroom apartments, 7% 2 bedroom apartments, 30% 3 bedroom apartments and 15% 4 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Olean Housing Authority’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 298 out of a total 306 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 2.61%.

Family Type

Of the 248 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 39 (15.73%) were elderly, 209 (84.27%) were non-elderly, 128 (51.61%) were disabled, 122 (49.19%) contained children and 96 (38.71%) were headed by a female.

Tenant Contributions to Rent

Residents of public housing pay rent based on their income. The rent contribution of the tenant is called the Total Tenant Payment (TTP). The TTP is generally 30% of a residents income with a $25 (National minimum) to $50 (some PHA’s) minimum rent. Based on the information in the most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015) the minimum rent in Olean Housing Authority's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Olean Housing Authority’s public housing developments is $346.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $248. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $268. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $537. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $206.

Race and Ethnicity

The HUD Resident Characteristics Report provides updated Head of Household race and ethnicity data at the housing authority and property level. Across all properties in the Olean Housing Authority portfolio, 10% of households identified as Black, 89% identified as White, and 3% identified as Hispanic or Latino.

Income of Public Housing Residents

HUD divides household income into four categories: Extremely Low Income (ELI) for households earning less than 30% of the median, Very Low Income (VLI) for households earning between 30% and 50% of the median, Low Income (LI) for households earning between 50% and 80% of the median and Above Low Income for households earning 81% of the median and over.

Of the public housing residents residing in Olean Housing Authority properties, 119 were Extremely Low Income, 118 were Very Low Income, 47 were Low Income and 14 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Olean Housing Authority properties is $14,457. Of all public housing residents, 1% have no income and 11% earn more than $25,000 while 88% have incomes that fall between $0 and $25,000.

The HUD RCR data includes source of income information as well. The data includes five categories of family income: wage income, welfare income, SSI/SS/Pension income, other income and no income. Some families receive income in multiple categories.

Among families residing in Olean Housing Authority public housing 37% have wage income, 4% have welfare income, 65% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 18% have other income and 1% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 298 households containing 616 total persons residing in the housing authority’s public housing properties. The average household size across all properties in the housing authority’s public housing portfolio was 2.1.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 49.19% of households included children. Across all household members in Olean Housing Authority public houins units 19% are aged zero to five and 19% are aged 6 to 17.

15.1% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 46.9% of all residents were aged 18 to 61.

Length of Stay at Public Housing Properties

The HUD RCR report includes length of stay data for Olean Housing Authority public housing communities. 28.52% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 7.72% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 63.76% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Olean Housing Authority administers a public housing program. The housing authority owns and manages 4 projects which contain 306 affordable rental units.

According to HUD, Olean Housing Authority is determined to be a Medium Low public housing authority, meaning it manages between 250 - 499 public housing units.

Olean Housing Authority is among the 16% of New York housing authorities that only offer public housing. Section 8 assistance in its target area is administered by another nearby housing authority.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (hud.gov, 2014)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for Olean Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 7/8/10 Plan
2007 4/13/07 Plan
2006 5/10/06 Plan
2005 5/20/05 Plan
2004 4/26/04 Plan
2003 5/2/03 Plan
2002 5/16/02 Plan
2001 5/1/01 Plan
2000 6/1/00 Plan